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VIDEO: VDS Dream Team 2-1 Ajax

In Edwin Van der Sar’s testimonial last night his Dream Team beat Ajax 2-1, with Louis Saha and Dennis Bergkamp scoring.

Dream Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Gary Neville, Andre Ooijer, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Phillip Cocu, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Boudewij Zenden, Dirk Kuyt, Dennis Bergkamp, Alessandro Del Piero, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha.

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  1. smartalex says:

    Thank you Edwin! Enjoy your family now. Be well and happy Van der Sar’s.

  2. Roary says:

    Having seen highlights and pics from the event i must say it was a great tribute and farewell to one of the footballs legendary keepers.

    Well done EVS

  3. King Eric says:

    A fantastic night and was great to see all his family sharing in it and being so happy. Thanks Anne Marie for all the support you gave him despite being very ill for a time. Class the lot of them A great turn out. Thanks Edwin and family.

  4. Fred says:

    Farewell Edwin. :)

  5. Costas says:

    Enjoy your life Edwin. You’ve earned it big guy.

  6. REDHOUND says:

    Am wondering when the last time Man City had a testimonial for any of their players seeing as they only employ mercenaries who still get tired of the club. Always adds an extra cherry when someone wins at their testimonial, VDS junior looked great, the stadium turn-up was amazing and worthy of such a larger than life personality, and Bobby Charlton’s comments just about placed Van Der Sar in the same league as Schmeichel

  7. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Having seen the game yesterday, I think more testimonials should be like that instead of full-on 90 minute affairs. The pedestrian pace allowed for substitutions almost like Ice Hockey where the other player comes out and the new player comes in. And even though the pace was languid, the quality of football was very high because of the talent on display. My personal opinion is that the players bidding their farewell will be better off with such games.

    Anyways, enough of that, as I was talking with Costas, I was not around for The Great Dane era. So, the choice is very easy for me, Edwin Van Der Sar is the best goal keeper I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Apart from the talent, his devotion to his family, his respect for the club and especially Sir Alex Ferguson, his relationship with previous coaches, and the love showered on him by fans of all his clubs, demonstrate the kind of person he is.

    For some reason, of all the players who have left United in my time as fan, the only two people who have actually made me cry are Edwin Van Der Sar and Paul Scholes. I cannot explain why, but it is just a fact.

    Farewell, Edwin. You will be missed. As I said, I sincerely hope he returns to us in a coaching capacity.

  8. Clint-IamYourPapii says:

    Edwin – You’ll always be remembered. Great man, great personality, great Footballer and family man.
    I wish him and his family good luck and wish his wife a healthy recovery. Not only has he left big shoes to fill but he’s left a welcomed scar on our history.

    Let it remembered that without Edwin diving to right side, we would not have claimed our 3rd CL trophy 50 years since the munich disaster and 40 years after our first european cup.

    Love You Edwin Van Der Sar

    :twisted: Red Devil to core, he is

  9. Dave Malaysia says:

    Edwin Van Der Sar , thank you and enjoy yr holidays .

    Then return to Carrington as a coach and to keep an eye on yr son Joe in our u-13s.

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    All the best VDS to you and your family, we will miss you yet we will always have the great memories you gave us…. THANK YOU

  11. Zibbie says:

    Thanks Big Ed !!!!

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  13. Kings says:

    What a great night. Thanks for everything Edwin. You are a true great.

  14. ethiored says:

    Thanks big fella for the wonderful service you gave to our beloved club. We have been blessed to have Edwin and Peter. They are two of the best goalkeepers in the modern era. The best I have seen from Edwin was in the game between Europe XI and African XI around the turn of the milenium. He saved with a wonderful flying fingertip save from Sunday Oliseh (anybody remember his bullet strike against Spain in France 98? I celebrated that goal wildly). What is the best save from Edwin you guys remember?

  15. CedarsDevil says:

    Even in his farewell friendly and fun match the great man was still pissed off to concede!

  16. Fred says:

    Yes, I remember Sunday Oliseh and that amazing Nigeria-Spain game at France ’98. I also remember Jay-Jay Okocha with his orange hair. :)

    Best save I can remember from Edwin? Anelka in Moscow. :D :D:D

  17. Fred says:

    In fact, I’ve just remembered that Sunday Oliseh actually played for Ajax at the time.

  18. ajax says:

    where was Jari Litmaaanen?

  19. WHAT ??? says:

    Cheers Edwin, you were the bedrock of our Starting 11 for years.

    Quality seeing him walk off with his daughter skipping alongside, enjoy your family mate, and don’t doubt you made the right decision. You won us the 19th mate, your a Legend!

  20. WHAT ??? says:

    Saha – what a player, such a shame he couldn’t avoid injuries, but he is still up there with the best Strikers the Leagues ever had. Top drawer for us, a classy player on and off the pitch.

  21. willierednut says:

    Cheers big Edwin and thank you.

    Lets hope Van De gea can fill your boots.

    I’m sure he will.

  22. Notey90 says:

    Those stunning saves in the F.A. Cup 2010/2011 against ass-anal, that breathtaking save he made against Fernando Nonsense (maybe UCL) of chelsea 2010/2011. Too many to count……da man with da safest pair of hand, da flying Dutchman. Thanks for every thing Big Edwin!save he made against Fernando Nonsense (maybe UCL) of chelsea 2010/2011. Too many to count……da man with da safest pair of hand, da flying Dutchman. Thanks for every thing Big Edwin!

  23. Gandalf says:

    Good luck Edwin. You deserved it, thanks for the memories.

    @Balaji – the only player I cried when I heard he was retiring was Ole Solskjaer… I was thinking he will play and was over his knee problems and the news came as a bit of a shock. He had done so well to get back to fitness and performed brilliantly in the right midfield also in that title winning season. Oh well, at least he went off on a high and scored some fantastic goals after his comeback.
    Obviously I’m partial to the baby faced assassin :-) Thank god we have got a successor in Chicharito!

  24. Park Life says:

    Bye Bigman! Thanks for the saves, your professionalism and honourable approach. Enjoy the fruits of your life! (esp those winners medals!!)


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